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Oct 22, 2012 12:00pm PDT
. >>> reporter: president obama and mitt romney take the stage in florida tonight to debate foreign policy. romney is expected to sharply criticize the president's response to the attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >> it's the governor's greatest opportunity. he can show that there's a weakness in obama foreign policy and he can exploit that. >> reporter: the two candidates will also tackle questions on china, iran's nuclear ambitions and ending the war in afghanistan. campaign watchers usually give the advantage to the sitting president when debating international issues. president obama supporters say he has a strong record including the successful takedown of osama bin laden. >> i expect the president to be especially forceful since the topic of this debate is foreign policy. >> reporter: tonight's debate is crucial to both candidates. polls show a tightening race and that all of the season's debates are swaying voters. in the critical battleground state of ohio, a new cbs news quinnipiac university poll shows the president up five points 50-45 but romney has cut the
Oct 25, 2012 12:00pm PDT
it comes to women. obama once held a 16-point advantage with women. now polls put romney on top with women voters. >> i voted for him in 2008 and i plan to stick with him in 2012 and i'll be voting for him and for vice president joe biden next month. >> former secretary of state colin powell says he is sticking with president obama in this year's' election. powell said on "cbs this morning" that the president got the u.s. out of iraq devised a plan for leaving afghanistan and did not get into any new wars. the retired general also praised mr. obama's performance on the economy saying, quote, we're gaining altitude. >>> rear in the final stages of a statewide argument over -- we're in the final stages of a statewide argument over school funding. prop 30 would raise taxes for education but passage is far from assured. cbs 5 reporter anne makovec has more on what's at stake. >> reporter: in fact, the support for prop 30 has been waning over the past month. in the end, if californians don't agree to raise our own taxes, it's schools like this that may pay the price. >> it's an either/or, on or
Oct 23, 2012 12:00pm PDT
push for the white house. >> reporter: president obama hit the campaign trail early rallying supporters in del rey beach florida at a debate with mitt romney. >> during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq. but he was caught on video saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> reporter: romney posed for pictures with police officers in florida this morning before heading to nevada and colorado. bows candidates are beginning an all-out blitz of key battleground states in the final two weeks of the campaign. during last night's foreign policy debate, the candidates clashed over military size and spending, russia and iran but answers drift back to the economy. >> america must be strong. america must lead. and for that to happen, we have to strengthen our economy here at home. you can't have 23 million people struggling to get a job. >> both at home and abroad he proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: when it was over a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters gave a clear victory to president obama, 53 to 23%. romney surprised some debat
Oct 24, 2012 12:00pm PDT
the final stretch for both candidates. with just 13 days until the election, president obama and republican rival mitt romney are ramping up their campaigns in those battleground states. cbs reporter tara mergener shows us they are even turning to some celebrities now to help draw in the votes. >> reporter: president obama rallied supporters in iowa, the first stop in a campaign blitz. >> fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all- nighter. no sleep. >> reporter: he is covering more than 5,000 miles, the bi- state swing ends in florida. mitt romney is going to rallies in iowa and and other states. >> we don't have to settle. americans are tired of being tired. we can do better. >> reporter: polls show the race for the white house is too close to call and with less than two weeks until election day, the candidates know every vote counts. the election will likely come down to nine battleground states and that's where most campaigns are spending almost all their money and time. paul ryan and joe biden been dispatched to ohio. ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: and both campa
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